Strand Theatre

630 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Opened in 1913, the former Argus Theatre operated as such until 1918, become Lloyd’s Theatre later that year, eventually becoming the Strand Theatre in 1920 and closing shortly thereafter. Unclear if the cinema itself was torn down, but the venerable Zelo Restaurant currently sits on this spot.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2006 at 2:25 am

The Argus Theatre was designed by Los Angeles architect A.L.Valk. It was a conversion and expansion of an existing retail building, and was announced in the March 20, 1913 issue of Builder & Contractor magazine.

Arthur Lawrence Valk was referred to as a “…motion picture specialist….” in an article in the October 11, 1913 issue of Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer magazine, at the time he closed his office and joined in a partnership with his father, architect Lawrence Bolton Valk.

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